An HTPC of a different colour

Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 11:58 AM |

The NEC Home Entertainment Concept is a different take on the HTPC.  The POWERMATE P5000 looks like the new iMacs, it is a large monitor that conceals an AMD Turion 64 X2 processor and RS690MC chipset with integrated ATI Radeon X1200 graphics.  The POWERMATE X is a more traditional looking box, playing the role of a powerhouse media server with a C2Quad processor and a NVIDIA GeForce 8600-series GPU plus 2TBs of storage.  Read on at Hardware Zone to see how CyberLink's SoftDMA and Media Server applications are used in tandem with these units to get you your music, TV and movie f

Secret plans revealed: The AM3

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2007 - 11:36 AM |

Once again, those Chilehardware fellows have managed to sneak some pictures of upcoming products, this time the reference design for the AM3 chipset from AMD.  Slashdot has a link to both there and an English site that is easier to understand than using Babelfish to translate the Spanish forums.  AMD is certainly looking at expanding their onboard audio and video solutions with the reference board used to make the diagram.

Source: Slashdot

AMD Delivers First Stream Processor with Double Precision Floating Point Technology

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2007 - 12:43 AM |

This looks like it could be a coup for AMD's GPGPU area -- as NVIDIA has said their own double precision floating point hardware won't be around until mid-2008.

Visit for more info.

AMD Delivers First Stream Processor with Double Precision
Floating Point Technology

AMD FireStream 9170 and supporting Software Development
Kit unlock Stream-based Accelerated Computing

Taking power away from the middleman

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2007 - 03:05 PM |

FSP has been making power supplies for other brands for a long time now, but have never really sold them by themselves.  The Everest 1010 PSU is a break from that tradition, and unsurprisingly it is a well executed kilowatt power supply.  It has plenty of 12V power, modular cabling and it was able to take what the Guru of 3D threw at it without displaying increased heat, or noise

Source: Guru of 3D

Can the special edition save the 8800GTS?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 7, 2007 - 01:23 PM |

We know the prices of the 8800GT and 8800GTS are rather far apart, but the performance is not.  nVIDIA has tried to remedy that by releasing a special edition GTS that has 112 shader processors, as opposed to the original 96, but still remains on t

DDR2 vs DDR3 RAMpage

Subject: Memory | November 7, 2007 - 12:20 PM |

X-bit Labs has gathered RAM at several different speeds and latencies to see how well DDR3 is doing at taking over DDR2s spot in the hearts of enthusiasts.  You shouldn't expect to see a clear cut victor though, even though DDR3 has jumped from 1333MHz to 1800MHz in a very short time, many tests depend on low latency, and that doesn't begin to touch on the current pricing of 1800MHz modules.

Source: X-Bit Labs

I could have sworn there were people who's purpose was to think of the children

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2007 - 12:10 PM |

It looks like even though you are old enough to legally vote while drunk, you are going to have a tough time buying Manhunt 2.  At some point the idea has become commonplace that it is the retailer or service provider that has responsibility for raising children, not some other person, like say the parents ...

Source: CoolTechZone

OCZ Technology Introduces the ReaperX Series, the Ultimate Combination

Subject: Memory | November 7, 2007 - 11:41 AM |

Sunnyvale, CA - November 6, 2007 - OCZ
Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and
high reliability memory, today announced the ReaperX memory series, aninnovative memory solution that utilizes highly effective heat transfer

QX9650, QX9550 and QX9450 support on the P5E3 Deluxe is just a flash away

Subject: Motherboards | November 6, 2007 - 06:32 PM |

The brand new P5E3-ASUS-Deluxe-0512 BIOS will allow you to run QX9x50 series processors from Intel on both the Deluxe and WiFi@n models.  If you are considering an upgrade to these impressive new processors, this new 0512 BIOS will get you up and running.

Source: ASUS

The thumb drive that needs a finger

Subject: Storage | November 6, 2007 - 03:01 PM |

If you have decided that using a thumb drive is a bad idea when it comes to transporting data you would prefer to keep private based on how easy they are to lose, then A-Data may have the perfect solution for you.  The FP1 drive offers both password protection as well as fingerprint scanning and can keep the data fairly secure even if you lose it.  The Tech Report tried it out, and while it isn't cheap or fast, it does give you some peace of mind.

Intel Simplifies Storage for Small Business and the Home

Subject: Storage | November 6, 2007 - 01:35 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 6, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced a new storage platform to ease the management of growing digital information, from protecting critical data in small businesses to safeguarding digital content in the home.

The bionic notebook

Subject: Mobile | November 6, 2007 - 01:31 PM |

ASUS has rebuilt the idea of a notebooks physical construction with the U1F Ultra Compact notebook.  The shell is formed from carbon fibre, giving it great strength without adding to the weight, extras like a backlit LCD that is 1366x768 and treated with some special goop from ASUS that is designed to make the image much better than other screens.  Drop by X-bit Labs to

Source: X-Bit Labs

Hanging with the big boys

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 6, 2007 - 12:20 PM |

As [H]ard|OCP rightly points out in their huge cooler roundup article, the CPU coolers of just a few years ago would feel quite inadequate next to the ones enthusiasts use today.  They would probably only feel comfortable around chipset coolers, something that didn't need to exist in the days of the K7.  Now though, coolers are huge, and the biggest and baddest are represented, and [H] shows you which are the best.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Bad apple in the barrel

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2007 - 11:50 AM |

As if the grief that has been plaguing early adopters of Leopard wasn't bad enough, now Quicktime has run into some serious problems as well.  The Inquirer has a link to upgrade to the newest version which will do the job of plugging the holes that are currently wide open.

Source: The Inquirer

OCZ Technology Group Announces PC Power & Cooling's Adoption of Enthusiast System Architecture

Subject: Systems | November 5, 2007 - 06:34 PM |

Sunnyvale, Calif. - November
5, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory and power supplies, today announced PC
Power & Cooling's adoption of ESA (Enthusiast System Architecture), the new
and exciting initiative to enable PC components to communicate operational
information in real-time and provide enthusiasts with unprecedented software
control to manage the conditions within their high-end system.

One X38, with everything please

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2007 - 05:32 PM |

The Asus Maximus Formula (Special Edition) sports a list of features as long as it's name and a price to match.  The cooling for the chipsets takes what we have seen on P35 and 680i to a whole new level, both from the complexity of the heatsinks and the fact that it has built in watercooling nozzles.  It also comes with an LCD display to give you POST information, no more will you be straining your ears for beeps or the faint voice of Bi


The good and the bad, but neither are ugly

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 5, 2007 - 02:52 PM |

Up for review on PC Apex are a pair of coolers from Zalman, the low profile CPU cooler, CNPS8000 CPU and the powerful VF900-Cu for your GPU.  The results come in how you might expect a company better known for taming the heat from graphics cards

Source: PCApex

Crysis pulls a Homer

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2007 - 01:40 PM |

If you consider unlocking all of the guns and vehicles, but not all the maps cheating and a way to ruin your gaming experience, then go browse the forums until more news gets posted.

Source: Extremetech

Extra-Sensory Apparatus

Subject: Systems | November 5, 2007 - 12:43 PM |

There are going to be at least 2 camps immediately forming after nVIDIAs new Enthusiast System Architecture hits the market.  There are those who own a laser thermometer and already run a half dozen voltage and temperature tracking programs congruently and average the results will leap for joy at the chance to add yet another set of reading to their statistics.  Then there will be those who want to save clock cycles for gaming and consider stability testing a weekend project, not the purpose of their build.  Whichever camp you decide you fall into, you need to know what nVIDIA i

CoolIT Systems Selects Enthusiast System Architecture Platform

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 5, 2007 - 12:17 PM |

 Calgary, Alberta - November 5th, 2007 - CoolIT Systems, known for their high performance MTEC   liquid cooling systems, today announced its endorsement for the new Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA), an industry-wide initiative that enables PC components to communicate thermal, electrical, acoustical, and operating characteristics in real-time.  CoolIT's MTEC Control Center, along with other ESA-compliant applications, provide enthusiasts with unprecedented software control to achieve better performance and opti